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UNCLE ANDY’S

A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol

By James Warhola (Author) , James Warhola (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-399-23869-7
Publisher: Putnam

Playfully reminiscing about a surprise visit to his famous relative in the early 1960s, Warhola (The Bear Came Over to My House, not reviewed, etc.) not only gives readers a decidedly tongue-in-cheek glimpse of the Pop Art icon at work, but illuminates the beginning of his own artistic career too. After paying tribute to his father, a scrap-metal sorter who delighted in bringing home interesting junk, Warhola recalls piling into the station wagon with his six siblings for the long ride to New York, then bursting into the townhouse shared by Andy Warhol (né Warhola), his mother, 25 cats named “Sam,” and an enthralling clutter of cookie jars, carousel figures, painted soup cartons and portraits of celebrities. A skinny, inarticulate figure, topped by opaque shades and that trademark wig (except for one hilarious scene in which he’s surprised in bed), Warhol positively exudes remote urban chic, in amusing contrast to his countrified visitors. But though he seems totally absorbed in his own world, there are gifts for everyone in the family when it’s time to leave, including a box of art supplies for James, who is last seen putting them to good use back home. The author renders people and clutter in exact, loving detail, most notably in a showstopping, full-building cutaway of Warhol’s house. Having seen his uncle make “regular stuff like soup cans, pop bottles, and money look like real art!,” young Warhola concludes, “art is something that is all around us, all of the time.” A faabbbulous idea for young readers to consider, captivatingly presented. (Picture book. 7-9)